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The New Isilon All-Flash Scale-Out NAS: Revolutionary File Storage That’s All About the Software

David Noy

VP Product Management, Emerging Technologies Division at EMC

161001-isilon-bold_front_sm2The topic of flash in the data center is a hot one, and you may have your own views. But to truly get a handle on everything flash can do for you, it helps to understand what’s driving all the excitement. Because there’s more to it than you might realize.

Two things are going on. First, SSDs are replacing spinning disks, increasing reliability and lowering costs while density keeps climbing. Now you can get flash storage that has an 8x higher density than was possible not too long ago. Second, the ongoing data explosion causes storage requirements to nearly double every two years—and 80% of this new data is unstructured.

Increased performance demands from powerful, next-generation applications that use all this unstructured data mean that they too need flash technology. Billions of devices connected to the Internet of Things inundate companies of all sizes with unprecedented amounts of data to which they need fast, secure access. At the same time, innovation has expanded the term “mission-critical” in unforeseen ways. For example, in the media and entertainment sector, the need for lightning-quick access to data has grown enormously as changes in consumer behaviors drive changes in business models.

Now, with the introduction of Isilon All-Flash Scale-Out NAS, you have an unprecedented opportunity to take advantage of flash for all of your critical unstructured data workloads.

 

Going Beyond Performance

All-flash storage helps address the need for extreme performance. Unfortunately, most all-flash solutions available today are focused on support of block-based data applications, which represent just 20% of most businesses’ data. While some vendors have recently introduced all-flash NAS products, they’re typically early versions that lack the enterprise capabilities organizations need when it comes to data protection, security and management. The Dell EMC Isilon All-Flash solution is different. Very different.

What makes Isilon All-Flash truly unique isn’t hardware — the real difference is the software. Isilon All-Flash runs on the same Isilon OneFS operating system that today powers other Isilon platforms and is used successfully by thousands of organizations around the world. Now in its 8th-generation, Isilon OneFS, and its extensive enterprise capabilities, is the reason Isilon is recognized as the #1 scale-out NAS storage platform in the industry. Isilon All-Flash combines the extreme performance of flash with the massive scalability and other vital enterprise-grade capabilities that organizations need:

 

  • Extreme performance: To support your most demanding unstructured data workloads, Isilon All-Flash delivers up to 250,000 IOPS and 15 GB/s bandwidth per chassis, and a total cluster performance of up to 25M IOPS and 1.5 TB/s bandwidth.
  • Massive scalability: With Isilon All-Flash, you can scale storage capacity from 92 TB to 924 TB in a single 4U chassis, and up to 92.4 PB in a single Isilon cluster.
  • Operational flexibility: Because Isilon All-Flash is powered by the Isilon OneFS operating system with its extensive multi-protocol capabilities (including NFS, SMB, FTP, HDFS, REST, Swift, and HTTP), you can support a wide range of applications and workloads on a single platform.
  • Enterprise data protection: Unstructured data is critical to your business. Isilon All- Flash ensures its integrity and availability with up to N+4 redundancy as well as enterprise-grade backup and disaster recovery.
  • Robust security: Definitely don’t want to compromise here. Options include role-based access control (RBAC), secure access zones, SEC-compliant write once read many (WORM) data protection, file system auditing, and data encryption.
  • Unmatched efficiency: Isilon All-Flash delivers the lowest total cost of data. Storage utilization can exceed 80%, and SmartDedupe can increase effective capacity up to an additional 30%.

 

Better Economics with Automated Storage Tiering

Another distinct advantage of Isilon All-Flash is the ability to tier data automatically to the most appropriated storage resources. With Isilon SmartPools and CloudPools software, Isilon All-Flash storage solutions can take advantage of policy-based, automated storage tiering to move data automatically to lower-cost tiers—including a choice of cloud storage options—as data ages or becomes less valuable. This enables you to reduce capital expenses and optimize storage resources by reserving Isilon All-Flash storage for your most demanding applications.

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Start Your Transformation with Flash Technology for Unstructured Data

You know Dell EMC as the market leader in All-Flash storage and Isilon as the recognized leader in scale-out NAS. Now we’re providing you with the new Isilon All-Flash scale-out NAS storage platform that combines the extreme price/performance advantages of flash technology with the proven efficiency, flexibility and resiliency of Isilon OneFS, the #1 scale-out NAS storage platform in the industry.

Isilon All-Flash will be available in 2017. To receive updates on the launch, visit emc.com/isilon. To pre-order, call your Dell EMC representative today.

Embrace Digital Transformation with Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) 3.0

Sam Grocott

Senior Vice President, Marketing & Product Management at EMC ETD

Digital Transformation is drastically changing the business landscape, and the effects are being felt in every industry, and every region of the world. For some, the goal of this transformation is to use technology to leapfrog the competition by offering innovative products and services. For others, the focus is on avoiding disruption from new market entrants. Whatever your situation might be, it’s clear that you can’t ignore the change. In a recent study by Dell Technologies, 78% of global businesses surveyed believe that digital start-ups will pose a threat to their organization, while almost half (45%) fear they may become obsolete in the next three to five years due to competition from digital-born start-ups. These numbers are a stark indication of the pressure that business leaders are feeling to adapt or fall by the wayside.

But for IT leaders, this raises an uncomfortable question: Where will you find the money to make this transformation? You’re already under constant pressure to lower IT costs. How can you invest in new technologies while still doing this?

Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS), Dell EMC’s object storage platform, was built to help organizations with precisely this challenge. After being in market for just under two years, the latest release, ECS 3.0 is being announced at Dell EMC World today. ECS is a next-generation storage platform that simplifies storage and management of your unstructured data, increases your agility, and most importantly, lowers your costs. Let’s take a look at some of the ways ECS can help modernize your datacenter, clearing the way for you to embrace Digital Transformation.

Simplify and Accelerate Cloud-Native Development

The success of companies like Uber and AirBnB has highlighted the transformative power of “cloud native” mobile and web apps. Enterprises everywhere are taking note – in the previously mentioned Dell Technologies survey, 72% of companies indicated that they are expanding their software development capabilities. Often, these software development efforts are directed towards “cloud-native” applications designed for the web and mobile devices.

ECS is designed for cloud-native applications that utilize the S3 protocol (or other REST-based APIs like OpenStack Swift). ECS natively performs many functions like geo-distribution, ensuring strong data consistency and data protection, freeing up application developers to focus on what moves their business forward. This greatly increases developer productivity, and reduces the time to market for new applications that can unlock greater customer satisfaction, as well as new sources of revenue.

Reduce storage TCO and complexity

Legacy storage systems that sit in most enterprise datacenters are struggling to keep up with the explosion in unstructured data. Primary storage platforms are constantly running out of capacity, and it is expensive to store infrequently accessed data on these platforms. Additionally, as many businesses operate on a global scale, data coming in from different corners of the world ends up forming silos, which increase management complexity and lower agility in responding to business needs.
ECS is compatible with a wide range of cloud-enabled tiering solutions for Dell EMC primary storage resources like VMAX, VNX, Isilon and Data Domain.  Additionally, ECS is certified on many 3rd party tiering solutions, which enable it to act as a low cost, global cloud-tier for 3rd party storage platforms. These solutions drive up primary storage efficiency and drive down cost by accessing a lower cost tier with ECS. Tiering to ECS is friction-free, which means that apps or users accessing primary storage don’t have to change any behavior at all.

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Tape Replacement

The new ECS dense compute rack D-series increases storage density by more than 60%, making it an ideal replacement for tape archives. The D-Series comes as an eight node system that provides the highest density configurations for ECS at 4.5PB (D-4500) and 6.2PB (D-6200) in a single rack.

These new configurations provide the low cost and scalability benefits of traditional tape solutions, but without the lack of agility, poor reliability, and operational difficulties associated with storing data on tape.  Additionally, ECS makes business data available to BUs in an on-demand fashion. This allows organizations to fully embrace Digital Transformation, which relies on insights mined from business data to create more compelling experiences for customers.

Legacy application modernization

ECS can serve as an ideal storage platform for organizations looking to modernize legacy LoB applications that utilize or generate a large amount of unstructured data. Modifying legacy apps to point to ECS using the S3 (or other REST-based APIs like OpenStack Swift) protocol can help reduce costs, simplify maintenance of the application, and allow them to scale to handle massive amounts of data.

Take the Next Step

Learn more about how ECS can enable your transformation , follow @DellEMCECS on Twitter, or try it out – for free!

 

 

New EMC Isilon Products Now Available for Your Data Lake Journey

Suresh Sathyamurthy

Sr. Director, Product Marketing & Communications at EMC

In November 2015, EMC announced the upcoming release of new Isilon products to help organizations expand their data lake to enterprise edge locations and the cloud while strengthening it at the core data center.  We’re now very pleased to report the immediate availability of IsilonSD Edge, Isilon OneFS 8.0 (formerly OneFS.NEXT), and Isilon CloudPools. Together, these products can transform the way your organization stores and uses data—whether at the edge, the core or the cloud – by harnessing the power of the data lake.

A data lake based on EMC Isilon scale-out NAS offers a number of important advantages:  With it, organizations can consolidate file-based, unstructured data, eliminate costly storage silos, simplify management, increase data protection, and gain more value from their data assets.  Leveraging built-in multi-protocol capabilities, Isilon supports a wide range of applications and workloads on a single platform—including data analytics that can be used to gain better insight and identify new opportunities for organizations to accelerate their business.

Start at the Core
A great place to begin your journey to the data lake is at your core data center.  If your organization has not already done so, you’ll want to contact your EMC representative or authorized reseller about consolidating your unstructured data with Isilon storage. They’ll also be able to describe key Isilon advantages including:

  • Simplified management: Single file system, single volume, global namespace
  • Massively scalable: Scales from 16 TB to over 50 PB in a single cluster
  • Unmatched efficiency: Over 80% storage utilization with automated tiering and data deduplication options
  • Enterprise data protection: Efficient backup and disaster recovery, and N+1 thru N+4 redundancy
  • Robust security and compliance options: RBAC, Access Zones,  WORM data security, File System Auditing, Data At Rest Encryption with SEDs, STIG hardening, CAC/PIV Smartcard authentication, FIPS OpenSSL support
  • Operational flexibility: Multi-protocol support including NFS, SMB, HTTP, FTP and HDFS, Object and Cloud computing including OpenStack Swift

If you’re already using Isilon, then you’ll want to take advantage of the new Isilon OneFS 8.0 operating system which extends these benefits by providing enterprise-grade, continuous data center service and non-disruptive upgrade capabilities. It also enables you to extend your data lake to edge locations and the cloud.  You may also download the new EMC Isilon OneFS 8.0 Simulator at no charge for non-production use so that you and your team can create a simulated environment and get a feel for the interface and administration tasks available in the latest Isilon software release.

Extend to the Edge
If your organization has a network of edge locations – including remote and branch offices – that produce and store data locally, your next destination on your data lake journey probably should be the edge.  Our research shows that for most organizations, data at edge locations is growing and they are often inefficient islands of storage, running with limited IT resources and inconsistent data protection practices. Data at the edge is also typically outside of the business data lake, making it difficult to incorporate into data analytics projects.

IsilonSD EdgeEMC IsilonSD Edge addresses these challenges with a Software-Defined Storage solution that combines the power of Isilon scale-out NAS with the economy of industry standard hardware in a VMware ESX environment. IsilonSD Edge simplifies management at the edge while providing up to 36 TB of storage capacity per installation. It also allows you to consolidate edge data to the core and thereby extend the data lake to the edge. It also increases data protection by automatically replicating data to the core.OneFS

IsilonSD Edge is now available in two versions—a ‘free and frictionless’ download for non-production, trial use, and a licensed version for production use which can be obtained through your EMC representative, authorized reseller or the EMC Store.

Integrate with the Cloud
Nearly all businesses today want to leverage the cloud to cut costs, simplify IT management, and gain virtually limitless storage capacity. But the question for many is how to integrate their on premise storage infrastructure with the cloud.  Isilon CloudPools software lets you address rapid data growth and optimize data center storage resources by using the cloud as a highly economical storage tier with massive storage capacity for cold or frozen data that is rarely used or accessed. It also allows you to select from a number of public cloud services or use a private cloud based on EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) or other EMC alternatives.CloudPools

Isilon CloudPools uses policy-based, automated tiering that enables you to seamlessly integrate with the cloud as an additional storage tier from the Isilon cluster at your core data center.  This enables more valuable on-premise storage resources to be used for more active data and applications. To secure data that is archived in the cloud, CloudPools encrypts data that is transmitted from the Isilon cluster at the core data center to the cloud storage service. This data remains encrypted in the cloud until it is retrieved and returned to the Isilon cluster at the data center.

We look forward to hearing about your own journey to the data lake!

Data Lake 2.0: Edge to Core to Cloud

Suresh Sathyamurthy

Sr. Director, Product Marketing & Communications at EMC

Welcome to Data Lake 2.0!

Expand the Data LakeEMC has just announced three new products — EMC  IsilonSD Edge, Isilon OneFS.Next (the future version of the Isilon OneFS operating system), and Isilon CloudPools—that combine to enable you to expand your data lake to enterprise edge locations (e.g., remote and branch offices) and the cloud while strengthening the data lake at the core data center.

This new edge-to-core-cloud approach offers new opportunities for you to harness the power of a data lake to increase efficiency, cut costs, improve data protection, and get more value from your data assets.

Opportunities at the Edge
Businesses with networks of remote or branch offices often have challenges managing and protecting data generated at these locations. Data at edge locations is growing. A recent ESG study1 showed that 68% of organizations now have more than 10 TB of data per branch office as compared to just 23% in 2011. Edge locations are often inefficient islands of storage with inconsistent data protection practices. Compounding the problem, IT resources at these locations are typically very limited. Data at the edge is also generally outside the business data lake; this means it can’t easily be incorporated into data analytics projects.

Isilon SD EdgeEMC IsilonSD Edge is designed to address these challenges and offers key advantages for businesses with edge locations. EMC IsilonSD is a new family of Software-Defined Storage products that leverages the power of EMC Isilon scale-out NAS and the Isilon OneFS operating system. IsilonSD Edge is the first offering of the IsilonSD family and provides Software-Defined Storage solutions specifically for edge locations. IsilonSD Edge runs on commodity hardware (x86 servers) in a VMware ESX environment.

IsilonSD Edge will be offered in two versions: a ‘free and frictionless’ download for non-production use and a licensed version for production use. Designed to simplify data and storage management at the edge, IsilonSD Edge scales to 36 TB of storage capacity in a single installation. Importantly, IsilonSD Edge allows you to consolidate data to the core data center and thereby extend the data lake to include edge locations. It also increases data protection at the edge by automatically replicating data to the core.

Opportunities at the Core
A data lake offers many advantages for organizations across a wide range of industries. By consolidating file-based, unstructured data on EMC Isilon—the #1 scale-out NAS storage platform in the industry—you can eliminate costly storage silos, simplify management, increase data protection, and get more value from your data assets. With built-in multi-protocol capabilities, Isilon storage solutions can support a wide range of traditional and next-generation applications on a single platform. This includes powerful Big Data analytics that can help your organization gain insight and identify new opportunities to accelerate your business. The new Isilon OneFS.Next operating system extends these benefits by offering enterprise-grade continuous service for the data center with nondisruptive upgrade capabilities, enabling the new Data Lake 2.0 edge-to-core-cloud approach.

Opportunities at the Cloud
Nearly all businesses today are looking to leverage the cloud to cut costs, simplify IT management, and gain virtually limitless storage capacity. But the question for many is how to integrate their on-premise storage infrastructure with the cloud. The new Isilon CloudPools software addresses this need. CloudPools provides policy-based, automated tiering that lets you to seamlessly integrate with the cloud as an additional storage tier from the Isilon cluster at your data center. This allows you to address rapid data growth and optimize data center storage resources by using the cloud as a highly economical storage tier with massive storage capacity for cold or frozen data that is rarely used or accessed. In this way, more valuable on-premise storage resources may be used for more active data and applications. Another key advantage is that the movement of this data is transparent to users and applications.

Cloudpools 2With CloudPools, you can select from a number of public cloud services, including Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure, or use a private cloud based on EMC Elastic Cloud Storage. To secure data that is archived in the cloud, CloudPools encrypts data that is transmitted from the Isilon cluster at the core data center to the cloud storage service. This data remains encrypted in the cloud until it is retrieved and returned to the Isilon cluster at the data center.

Tips to Get Started
EMC IsilonSD Edge, Isilon CloudPools, and Isilon OneFS.Next will all be available in early 2016. In the meantime, you’ll want to have your team become more familiar with these new products and learn more about the advantages that Data Lake 2.0 can provide your organization. A great way to get started is to visit our website. If you have any questions, be sure to contact your local EMC sales representative or authorized EMC reseller.

We look forward to hearing about your success!

Source: ESG Research Report, Remote Office/Branch Office Technology Trends, May 2015.

New Enhancements to EMC Isilon Data Lake Foundation

Suresh Sathyamurthy

Sr. Director, Product Marketing & Communications at EMC

Today, EMC® is pleased to announce the availability of new EMC Isilon® products that further extend the advantage that the industry-leading Isilon scale-out data lake and NAS storage platform provides to enterprise customers across a broad range of industry segments and public sector agencies. The new EMC Isilon products include:

  • EMC Isilon OneFS 7.2.1: This new version of the EMC Isilon OneFS® operating system provides new security options including U.S. Department of Defense Security and Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) hardening, FIPS 140-2 validated OpenSSL and PIV/CAC support for Smart Card Authentication. OneFS 7.2.1 also offers new options to increase flexibility and simplify management including improved support for IPv6 networking; enhanced node compatibility between older and newer generation of Isilon storage platforms; and rolling upgrades from OneFS 7.1.x and OneFS 7.2.
  • EMC Isilon X210: The new Isilon X210 is a platform refresh of the Isilon X200 and provides increased capacity, performance and flexibility. The Isilon X210 offers a new 4TB HDD option that expand the maximum node capacity by 33% from 36 TB to 48 TB in a highly efficient 2U platform. Based on SPECsfs testing, the Isilon X210 with OneFS 7.2.1 delivers a performance increase of more than 30% over the Isilon X200. To increase data center flexibility, the Isilon X210 uses QDR InfiniBand networking to allow cable lengths between nodes of up to 100 meters. And to further simplify management and improve flexibility in expanding existing Isilon storage environments, the Isilon X210 offers node equivalence with the Isilon X200. The highly versatile Isilon X210 is an ideal scale-out NAS storage platform for a wide range of applications and workloads including file shares, home directories and big data analytics.
  • EMC Isilon NL410: The new Isilon NL410 is a platform refresh of the Isilon NL400 and provides increased flexibility and simplicity. The NL410 includes QDR InfiniBand networking to allow cable lengths between nodes of up to 100 meters. The Isilon NL410 also offers node equivalence with the Isilon NL400 to provide greater flexibility in expanding existing Isilon storage environments. The EMC Isilon NL410 is designed to provide cost-effective, highly scalable nearline storage and is an ideal solution for active archiving.
  • EMC Isilon InsightIQ 3.2: This new version of Isilon InsightIQ software provides powerful performance monitoring and reporting tools to help organizations optimize the performance of their Isilon storage systems. New features now available with Isilon InsightIQ 3.2 include improved analytics and pool-centric reporting options to provide granular performance data filtered by node tiers or node pools.

Here is a snapshot of the latest portfolio of EMC Isilon storage platforms, including the new Isilon X210 and NL410:

EMC Isilon Scale-Out NAS Product Family

Isilon Product FamilyWith these new products, EMC Isilon scale-out Data Lake further extends its leadership as an ideal platform to store, manage and protect unstructured data efficiently while supporting a wide range of applications and workloads. Key advantages of EMC Isilon include:

  • Simplified management: Single file system, single volume, global namespace
  • Massively scalable: Scales from 16 TB to over 50 PB in a single cluster
  • Unmatched efficiency: Over 80% storage utilization with automated tiering and data deduplication options
  • Enterprise data protection: Efficient backup and disaster recovery, and N+1 thru N+4 redundancy
  • Robust security and compliance options: RBAC, Access Zones,  WORM data security, File System Auditing, Data At Rest Encryption with SEDs, STIG hardening, CAC/PIV Smartcard authentication, FIPS OpenSSL support
  • Operational flexibility: Multi-protocol support including NFS, SMB, HTTP, FTP and HDFS, Object and Cloud computing including OpenStack Swift

To learn more how EMC Isilon scale-out storage solutions can benefit your organization, contact your EMC sales representative or authorized reseller.  Also be sure to see our solutions in the EMC Store at https://store.emc.com/isilon.

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